St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)
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Santa Claus Is Dead 

Santa Claus comes to the hospital and collapses while meeting the children; the Craig hosts a Christmas party; Ehrlich is upset when no one buys him any gifts; Westphall has Lizzy and her boyfriend over for the holidays.

Director:

Leo Penn

Writers:

Mark Tinker (developed by), John Masius (developed by) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Flanders ... Dr. Donald Westphall
Norman Lloyd ... Dr. Daniel Auschlander
Ed Begley Jr. ... Dr. Victor Ehrlich
Stephen Furst ... Dr. Elliot Axelrod
Mark Harmon ... Dr. Robert Caldwell (credit only)
Eric Laneuville ... Luther Hawkins
Howie Mandel ... Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David Morse ... Dr. Jack Morrison
Christina Pickles ... Nurse Helen Rosenthal (credit only)
Denzel Washington ... Dr. Philip Chandler
William Daniels ... Dr. Mark Craig
Bonnie Bartlett ... Ellen Craig
Jane Wyatt ... Katherine Auschlander
Sagan Lewis ... Dr. Jacqueline Wade
Kavi Raz ... Dr. Vijay Kochar
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Storyline

Mrs. Auschlander heads a program where a group of children visit Santa Claus at St. Eligius. St. Nick has a heart attack, but not until the Auschlanders' grandson Max calls him a fraud. The doctors all swap Christmas gifts and cheer except for Dr. Ehrlich; Dr. Fiscus claims he is incapable of being a friend and therefore cannot have friends. Dr. and Mrs. Craig host a Wassail party. The Westphalls celebrate at home. The time of year causes a lot of grief and emotion to fester and brew. As Max watches and Dr. Axelrod labors, Santa Claus dies. Will poor Elliot Axelrod be forever known as the man who killed Santa? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Genres:

Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MTM Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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